Think the Rhino Records Store is gone? Think again. The long time outpost for Rhino records shuttered a few years back when owner Richard Foos closed up shop due to economic hardship. But this week, Foos brings the store back as a two week pop-up shop just down the street from the original Westwood Blvd. location, where he will put his personal collection up for sale. Richard Foos, Rhino's founder, is moving to New York, so instead of packing up thousands of DVDs and albums, he's selling them to the public. The proceeds will benefit Chrysalis Enterprises, an L.A. nonprofit that helps homeless people develop job skills and find work. The Rhino Records store first opened in Westwood in 1973 and Foos started the Rhino Records label in the back of the store in 1978. Foos and the Rhino store were hit hard by music industry woes and many museo fearmongers cited the shop's closure as a death-knell for independent music stores. But it ain't over 'til it's over. Today through May 31, the Rhino pop up will also include performances, screenings, and cheap vinyl. Expect to see some cameos from notable musicians who will pay respects to Rhino's West Coast legacy.
Full schedule after the jump.
(All events start at 8 PM unless otherwise noted)
Monday, May 17: Screening of No Autographs, No Encores, a 35-minute performance film of Nirvana's live performance at Rhino Records in 1989, this band's first gig outside Seattle and the late Kurt Cobain's favorite document of his pre – Dave Grohl band when it was a four-piece.
Wednesday, May 19: Mixology with DJ Clockwork + performance by Vinny Golia Sextet
Thursday, May 20: The Blasters performance
Friday, May 21: Richard Thompson performance
Saturday, May 22: 6 PM – The Gears performance; 8 PM Mike Watt + missingmen performance
Sunday, May 23: Celebrity DJ Day; 6 PM – Spain in-store performance
Monday, May 24: Songwriters Circle with Syd Straw, Victoria Williams
Tuesday, May 25: 7 PM – Roger Steffens screens and curates Intimate Moments with Reggae's Greats
Wednesday, May 26: Maria McKee & Band performance
Thursday, May 27: Little Willie G. of Thee Midnighters + 11 piece band
Friday, May 28: Rhino Reunited Day 7 PM – Screening Final Vinyl film chronicling historic Rhino Records in-store performances by Nick Lowe, Del Rubio Triplets, They Might Be Giants, Lucinda Williams, Steve Wynn, etc. plus authors Gary Calamar and Phil Gallo sign their book Record Store Days. Performance by Peter Case, The Loons.
Saturday May 29: 5:30 PM First U.S. screening of One Man Beatles, Italian documentary film about the life of the enigmatic Emitt Rhodes.
Sunday, May 30: Return of Wharf Rat Tales with Wednesday Week, The Urinals a/k/a The 100 Flowers and The Last with Joe Nolte
Monday, May 31: Memorial Day Blow Out